Universal Pictures (2019)
|View from the stage during Mountain's 9:00 pm set at Woodstock|
Saturday, August 16, 1969
An unsigned band have been playing local bars, clubs and festivals for a number of years. They've attracted a small, passionate group of fans because they're excellent at playing rock covers from the 70's and 80's. However, any time they try to write their own music, things go horribly wrong. The band argues every time they try to write original work, and the few things they have successfully come up with have not been well-liked by the audience, in large part because so many compromises have been made to satisfy everyone in the band that the song comes across like a disjointed mess. Finally, after years of trying and failing to make it big, they decide to call it quits. They have one more big outdoor festival on their schedule that they have agreed to play as their farewell gig before going their separate ways.
The band decides that they want to go out on a positive note, so they give the audience what they want by playing covers, starting with Bon Jovi's 1988 hit, Bad Medicine. The crowd goes wild, and the cheers get louder with each of the nine songs that they play. Not long after they walk off of stage, they learn that when they took the stage, they have stepped back in time to Saturday, August 16th, 1969, and they had just played a setlist of classic hits on the stage at Woodstock to an audience who had never heard them before.
I came up with a few other ideas in the years that followed, most of which involve time travel, but they never got past the stage of being a list of ideas in a notebook. Seeing Yesterday reminded me of this notebooks and the idea that started them off. I'd like to say that it inspired me to finally put pen to paper and at least come up with a rough draft, but if I haven't written it by now, I doubt I'm ever going to.